Obama z Arábie?

DENVER – Od roku 1989 svět nezažil tak pohlcující a podmanivé vznícení svobody a demokracie, jehož planoucí vášně zachvacují rozsáhlý starý region, jenž zoufale potřebuje reformu. Arabské dějiny jsou v pohybu, od Maghrebu přes Levantu až po Arabský poloostrov. Převzít otěže se zřejmě chystá nová generace vůdců.

Pro politické špičky v zahraničí jsou okamžiky tohoto typu mimořádně náročné, neboť jedním okem musí sledovat svět takový, jaký je, a druhým, jaký by mohl být v budoucnu. Americký prezident Barack Obama, snažící se postupovat právě tímto způsobem, slyší výtky, že je třeba se „postavit na správnou stranu dějin“, anebo budeme-li citovat Boba Dylana, „uhnout z nové [cesty], nedokážeš-li podat pomocnou ruku.“

Spojeným státům skutečně nastaly ožehavé a proměnlivé časy, obzvlášť v době, kdy Američané od svého prezidenta očekávají, že bude „emočním“ vůdcem. Způsob, jímž si Obama poradí s výzvami k větší angažovanosti, přicházejícími zleva i zprava, by dost dobře mohl zformovat prostředí, v němž se nakonec proces – v rukou a moci Arabů – bude odvíjet.

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